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November 20th, 2011, 10:46 AM
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I would say that Levi's birth story started at 35 weeks. I was sitting on my 4 year old's bed one day (35 weeks exactly) while he was playing. He looked up and said, "Three weeks. The baby is coming in three weeks, Mama." Well, ok then! I laughed about it but kept that date, 11/18, in the back of my mind. My earliest came at 39 weeks, so I wasn't expecting a 38 weeker. At around 35 weeks is when all the pre-labor started for me as well. I could feel my pelvis loosening up, the BHs increased, and the pressure on my cervix and bladder increased as well.

At 36.5 weeks I cam down with the flu. I was pretty sick for a week, and six of those days had a fever. I had no appetite and could barely eat the entire time. It was a bit scary! I stayed in bed and drank water as much as I could. During this week the contractions changed and started to feel more like labor contractions. I had them on and off every day and night. My fever finally broke on Tuesday, 11/15. The contractions were growing stronger each day.

On Thursday 11/17 I saw my chiro in the morning for a quick adjustment. I spent the rest of the day taking it easy, but mentally I was very restless and felt distant. My husband kept teasing me and saying that the baby probably wouldn't come for another week or two. Hmph, who asked you anyway, lol! That evening the contractions started and were regular. I also started feeling a lot of back and pelvic pressure. I checked myself, but there were no cervical changes. I was a little discouraged.

DH and I (sorry TMI) dtd and went to sleep. I slept restlessly and dreamt of strong contractions. I woke up at about 2am and the ctx were no dream. I could no longer lie down through them. I got up and labored and nested and allowed my DH to sleep. At 6:30 I showered and he woke up when I got out. He asked me what was wrong and I told him I was in labor. "Right now?" was his response. (No, tomorrow, hehe.) I called my midwife at 7 and told her I'd call her again in an hour to let her know how I was doing. Things were getting strong at this point and I was effacing nicely. I called her at 8 and told her to come.

I decided to get in the tub at around 9. We have a big whirlpool/jacuzzi tub with a built in seat and it is perfect for labor and birth.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ie4/birth4.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ie4/birth3.jpg

I think my midwife got there around 9:30-9:45 (she lives a couple hours away.) She helped me with counter-pressure on my back and would also lift my belly during ctx. It helped a lot. The contractions were coming stronger and faster and I needed to vocalize during them.


I would have a few very close together, a break, and then a monster contraction. I had had no dilation checks yet per my wish. I had a contraction that felt 'different', like the head was moving down, and she checked me. "It won't be long at all, there's a slight rim of cervix and the head is moving down." I was so relieved. I had a fear she'd tell me I'm 3cm or something.

I began pushing with the next contraction. I pushed during a couple more and then waited through one because there was still a slight lip. I began feeling that burn and reached the I-can't-do-it point. My midwife was wonderful, just reassuring me and helping me through the pain. Pushing was very intense and I yelled a lot during it. Vocalizing helps keep me grounded. He crowned and my water broke. There was a lot of meconium, but my midwife was not concerned and everything was fine.


One more push and out he came. I quickly felt between his legs as my midwife untangled his cord and felt a little penis! My husband was going to be so excited, he so badly wanted another boy. I pulled him up and my husband asked the big question. It's a boy!!


It took Levi a little bit to breath well and pink up. My midwife and I rubbed him and she suctioned him. After 5 minutes he was pinking up nicely and he was calm. He didn't cry much at all (he saved that for now, hehe!)


Overall, it was my best labor and birth, and my fastest too at 8-9 hours (my others were 12). My midwife was wonderful, she was my rock. And my husband too, of course. I wouldn't do it any other way. Levi is nursing well and such a good little baby. I'm so in love! I'm so happy to have been able to share this journey with you ladies. Thank you!

Last edited by jojow; November 26th, 2011 at 04:29 PM.
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November 20th, 2011, 10:57 AM
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Aww I love it!!! *tear* I'm so happy for you
Thanks for sharing!!!!

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November 20th, 2011, 11:48 AM
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He is sooo handsome!!!! Congrats!!! I love your story I remember that burning you talked about! I'm soo happy for you that eveything went as smoothly as it did!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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November 20th, 2011, 12:54 PM
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OMG Jooooooo! I have goosebumps reading this. ♥ ♥ I'm so happy for you!!

& I am so ready to have my baby now!!!! haha! *JEALOUS!*

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♥ TTC #1: 4 yrs, 2 months ♥ TTC #2: 1 yr, 5 months ♥ #3: Surprise twins lost at 7 & 10 weeks.

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November 20th, 2011, 12:59 PM
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Awww Congrats Jo! I love your birth story

He's so precious!!

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November 20th, 2011, 01:21 PM
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What a fantastic birth story
Thank you for sharing the story & the pics!
He's such a handsome boy

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November 20th, 2011, 01:22 PM
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What a great birth story! You are good with words, and you also make labour & delivery look so natural and beautiful, I totally admire that. Enjoy your beautiful little bundle. I loved your photos too, thanks for sharing them with us!
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November 20th, 2011, 01:23 PM
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amazing story (I've always been fascinated with water births.. with my first I labored in the bath tub until I couldn't take it anymore and then went to the hospital). I love all the pictures.. you look amazing through it all. Very awesome! Congrats and enjoy loving on that little boy of yours!!!

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November 20th, 2011, 02:43 PM
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oh how sweet! just the way it should be


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November 20th, 2011, 03:27 PM
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I loved reading this! Your pictures are great too.

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November 20th, 2011, 03:28 PM
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LOVE your story and the pics. You look soooo calm and collected ! I wish I didnt have so many hip issues and I could do what you did. Its amazing, Congratulations again !

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November 20th, 2011, 03:30 PM
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What a wonderful birth story. Congratz again on your little boy

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November 20th, 2011, 03:43 PM
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Thank you so much for sharing with us. It sounds like you had a perfect birth experience! BTW-the pic "itsaboy" - you look absolutely beautiful, you are glowing to put it mildly!

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November 20th, 2011, 04:03 PM
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Jo you are such a strong woman! Kudos to you for having a successful and quick water birth Levi is absolutely beautiful and I really enjoyed reading your birth story!
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November 20th, 2011, 04:22 PM
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Awesome story! Sounds like everything went exactly as planned. I don't have the guts to do a home birth! Kudos to you
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November 20th, 2011, 05:22 PM
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yay congrats!!! Thanks for sharing, love the pictures and I'm so happy things went so well for you
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November 20th, 2011, 07:32 PM
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Aww Congrats! Glad it went well for u!
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November 20th, 2011, 08:07 PM
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wow! thanks for sharing! what a beautiful birth experience!
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November 20th, 2011, 09:06 PM
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What an amazing and inspiring birth story!! Congrats and here's to a job well done, mama!!
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November 20th, 2011, 09:56 PM
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What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing, and what a handsome little boy.
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